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Computers, technology, and science are the topics featured here. Listen to weekly interviews with leading scientists and technologists in the Berkeley Groks collection; or explore issues related to the open source and digital commons movement in the Conference Proceedings collection.



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Jun 8, 2019 Greg Ryan, Shari Steele, Larry Wood, Lee Noga, Jim Maxey
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BBSCON 1993 Broadmoor Hotel - Colorado Springs, Colorado Dealing with Adult GIF Images Online Greg Ryan, Exec PC (Moderator) August 27, 1993 - 10:45am, Ballroom A panelled discussion at One BBSCON regarding Adult images on BBSes, the legal considerations, and protection against the heavily varying laws of the country. Includes a question and answer session. The panel for this talk included Greg Ryan of Exec PC, Shari Steele of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Larry Wood of Compuserve,...
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Topic: Conference Proceedings
Source: From the Collection of Greg Ryan
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Oct 25, 2018
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Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Jul 1, 2017 Samantha Thomas
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The history of ancient human civilization is mysterious almost by definition. While many archaeologists agree with the general timeline taught in school, others believe something is drastically wrong with this theory. On this episode, journalist Graham Hancock presents an alternative story of civilization’s past. using evidence from geology, archaeology, and global myths
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Topics: Graham Hancock, geology, archaeology, history, ancient, civilization, comet, atlantis
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Nov 24, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Alzheimer research has rapidly advanced in the past several years, yet simple daily habits may be even more important for preventing the onset of the disease. On this program, Mark Underwood discussed Alzheimer research and prevention.
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Topics: science, alzheimer, neuroscience, disease prevention, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Nov 23, 2016 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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In the year 1905, Albert Einstein published five papers that changed the face of modern physics and led to two Nobel Prizes, including one for Einstein himself. On this program, Prof. John Stachel discussed Einstein and the importance of each of these papers.
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Topics: Science, physics, relativity, Einstein
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
May 13, 2014 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The discovery of the Peking Man fossils in China was a landmark discovery for archaeologists and anthropologists. On this program, Dr. Amir Aczel discussed the discovery of the fossils and the tale of one of the main investigators involved in the project, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
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Topics: science, anthropology, archaeology
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Nov 30, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Music has powerful emotive and expressive qualities that transcend its description as a purely physical phenomenon. This is of course due to how the brain processes musical information. On this program, Prof. Daniel Levitin discussed the musical brain.
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Topics: science, music, neurobiology
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Nov 8, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The life and times of mathematician John F. Nash Jr. have garnered a great deal of attention since the release of the popular movie, A Beautiful Mind, chronicled events in his life. This show featured an interview with Sylvia Nassar, the author of Nash's biography, who discussed Nash's struggles with math, schizophrenia, and the Nobel Prize.
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Topic: Science
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Nov 5, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Research at public universities is increasingly being driven by profit motives that undermine academic integrity and limit the free expression of ideas. What does this shift mean for higher education? On this program, Jennifer Washburn discussed the corporate corruption of higher education.
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Topic: Science
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Nov 3, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The English language is remarkably well-suited for many forms of humorous wordplay. But, what is it about the structure of English that makes it particularly amenable to wordplay? On this program, Prof. Dallin D. Oaks discussed the structural ambiguities of the English language.
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Topics: science, linguistics, wordplay, comedy, humor, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Oct 15, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Although willpower is often viewed as a personality trait of great fortitude and resilience, new research is showing the neurobiological basis for willpower. On this program, Dr. Kelly McGonigal discussed the willpower instinct.
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Topics: science, technology, willpower, psychology, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Oct 15, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Why are we particularly attracted to some people? Is there a chemical basis for love? On this program, Prof. Helen Fisher discussed the science of love and attraction.
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Topics: science, why him why her, love, attraction, psychology, anthropology, dating, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Oct 15, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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While most might experience revulsion by fecal matter, the constitution of poo can actually tell a lot about gastrointestinal health. On this program, Dr. Anish Sheth and Josh Richmond discussed the science of poo.
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Topics: science, poo, fecal matter, gastrointestinal
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Oct 15, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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While exercise is widely known to be beneficial for physical health, it can also greatly improve mental abilities as well. On this program, Dr. John Ratey discussed the effects of exercise on the brain.
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Topics: science, exercise, neuroscience
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Oct 10, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) is considered the bible of modern psychiatry. However, many of the listed disorders are not without controversy. On this program, Prof. Christopher Lane discussed the issues surrounding the DSM IV.
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Topics: science, psychiatry, psychology, shyness, DSM IV
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Oct 10, 2012 Dr. Charles Lee, Forrest Gulden, Joanna Rowell
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We all know a lot about psychology, but it turns out that what we know is mostly wrong. Dr. John Cacioppo joins us this week to discuss how to teach difficult psychological concepts in an engaging way to first year psychology students.
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Topics: groks, science, psychology, cacioppo
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Oct 3, 2012 Jason Scott
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Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 5 in Cleveland, OH. Now and Then, Here and There: Editing. Starting from the story of hitting a coyote, Jason Scott describes the nature of editing, our growing roles as editors of our own lives and content, and the future directions editing can take. Hints about the process are given, as well as a number of anecdotes related to Jason's own projects.
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Topics: editing, documentary, Jason Scott, Notacon
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Jan 17, 2012 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The electric car has seen some fals starts, but new technical advances and changes to the global environment are propelling the adoption of these vehicles. On this program, Jim Motavalli discussed the new developments in the electric car.
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Topics: science, technology, electric cars, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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May 6, 2011 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Dark matter and dark energy comprise most of the known universe. But, what are the constituents of dark matter and energy? On this program, Dr. Dan Hooper from Fermilab discussed the dark cosmos.
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Topics: science, dark matter, physics
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Sep 11, 2010 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Global warming is a larger threat than terrorism. So says this week's guest Sir David King, science advisor to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. On this program, he discussed the indicators of this worldwide threat and counters the skeptics of climate change.
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Topics: science, global warming
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Jul 23, 2010 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The events of September 11th continue to be felt, especially on the anniversary of their occurrence. On this special program, Prof. Richard Muller discussed many of the technological issues surrounding those events.
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Topic: Science
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Textfiles BBS Audio
Jul 14, 2010 Jason Scott
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Some of the documentary sessions were done by setting up in a space during conventions and recording short sequences with any attendees who wanted to speak about BBSes. Since these interview sets were unplanned and free-form, they went in really unexpected directions and ranged heavily in both subject manner and style. In one case, the interviewee did not want to be recorded on video, but wanted to be interviewed anyway. He claimed to have been a member of the pirate group Razor 1911, and to...
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Topic: Documentary
Source: BBS: The Documentary
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Feb 24, 2010 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Our consumer driven economies are imposing an enormous burden on the environment. Can traditional Japanese practices help us live more sustainably and comfortably? Reina Otsuka and Nanao Sonobe joins us to talk about Ecotwaza.
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Topics: science, environment, japan, groks
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Jan 29, 2010 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Darwin Day, celebrated on Feb. 12, marks the 200th birthday anniversary of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his famed publication, On the Origin of Species. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence supporting the modern evolutionary theory, controversy still abounds. On this program, Prof. Jerry Coyne from the University of Chicago discussed why evolution is true.
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Topics: science, evolution, darwin, natural selection, biology
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Textfiles BBS Audio
Sep 2, 2009 Jason Scott
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"Your Moment of Audio Zen: A History of Podcasts": Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, April 7, 2006. A short introduction to a variety of subjects related to the idea of "Podcasts" or "Podcasting", including historical background of pirate radio, shoutcasting, streaming, and creating of shows. Subject matter strays in a variety of directions, including the talent behind creating a show, defining terms and what the future might...
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Topics: Podcasting, Notacon, Jason Scott, Textfiles.com
Source: Notacon 3
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From the H2K4 Program: "Knowledge doesn't move forward without history and while there have been many steps to capture the stories, lore, and data of different aspects of computer cultures, a lot of the same mistakes are made over and over. In a fast-paced talk, Jason Scott of textfiles.com busts out some ideas, tools, and mindsets towards halting the loss, bringing the stories back, and making something to build upon instead of throw away. Along the way, expect a few bucketloads of trivia...
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Topic: Conference Proceedings
Source: Private Collection
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Feb 13, 2009 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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As computers have become increasingly ubiquitous, so too has computer malware. How can we protect our computers from this onslaught of viruses, worms, and Trojan horses? On this program, David Perry discussed effective solutions to combat computer malware.
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Topics: science, computers, malware
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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Nov 28, 2008 Jason Scott
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"The Great Failure of Wikipedia": Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, April 8, 2006. Covers the universally-editable encyclopedia-like site Wikipedia , architectural and procedural choices by co-founder Jimbo Wales and the often-unintended consequences of these choices and philosophy. Includes short overviews of the Brian Peppers Debacle, the Ashida Kim Controversy, and the fallacy of "Notability" and "Neutral Point of View" as...
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Topics: Wikipedia, Jason Scott, Notacon
Source: Jason Scott
Textfiles BBS Audio
Apr 21, 2008 Jason Scott and RaD Man (ACiD)
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Since the first time that machines could calculate, people have twisted, modified, hacked and played with them to create art. In a fast-paced hour, we're going to do our best to capture 100 years of computer art, the magic of the art scene, the demo scene, and a dozen other "scenes" that have been with us as long as computers have. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster of visual and audio history as your two over-the top scene pilots take you on "the story so far" to the...
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Topic: Conference Proceedings
Source: digital audio
Internet Events
Nov 29, 2007 Carl Malamud
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On June 16, 2006, Professor Lawrence Lessig gave a talk at the Center for American Progress entitled "The Withering of the Net: How DC Pathologies are Undermining the Growth and Wealth of the Net." This talk was the second in a series of three. The first talk was Professor Yochai Benkler , the third featured Dave Farber and Vint Cerf. In just under 40 minutes, Lessig delivered a stunning performance, documenting his assertion that the Internet was created by Republicans and discussing...
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Topics: Hack Number 9, net neutrality, Republicans, Internet, Lessig
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Oct 8, 2007 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Space travel has typically relied on conventional high energy routes, known as Hohmann Transfers, to transfer their payloads. However, low energy routes do exist, and are currently being explored. On this program, Dr. Ed Belbruno from NASA discussed low energy space flight.
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Topics: science, NASA, space flight, Hohmann, low energy
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Sep 5, 2007 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Art and science are inexorably intertwined, with advances in one often inspiring advances in the other. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of Leonardo da Vinci. On this program, Prof. Bulent Atalay discussed math and the Mona Lisa.
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Topics: science, math, art, mona lisa
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Aug 21, 2007 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Our solar system contains nine acknowledged planets, each with their own unique personalities that continue to inspire scientists. On this episode, Dava Sobel discussed her perspective of the planets.
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Topics: science, astronomy, planets, solar system
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Textfiles BBS Audio
Aug 13, 2007 Jason Scott
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"Wikipedia, Brick by Brick" (sometimes referred to as "Brickapedia"): Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 4 in Cleveland, Ohio on April 27, 2007. Focuses mostly on the exploitable nature of open collaborative systems on Wikipedia, where the use of several methodologies allow manipulation of articles and policy. Touches briefly on the Essjay Controversy, where a 24 year old user of Wikipedia was able to successfully present himself as a multi-doctorate professor of...
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Topics: Wikipedia, Jason Scott, Jimbo Wales, Teddy Bear
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Aug 10, 2007 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Physicists are constantly searching for 'elegant' theories that describe the universe. One such theory, string theory, has the potential to unify the disparate theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. We discussed this theory with Prof. Brian Greene of Columbia University.
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Topics: Science, physics, string theory
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Textfiles BBS Audio
Jul 1, 2007 Jason Scott
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"Mythapedia": Presentation by Jason Scott at the STM (Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers) Innovations Seminar at Hilton London Kensington, London, England. After a biographical introduction to the speaker's love of information and archiving that led to the textfiles.com website, this speech covers Wikipedia and a number of myths as to its efficiency, dependency and usefulness. Topics include Wikipedia versus Casinos, the role of the Content Defender, and why Speed trumps...
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Topics: Wikipedia, Jason Scott, Jimbo Wales, Editing
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
Aug 24, 2006 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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The recent debate over what defines a planet has been partially motivated by the discovery of a candidate tenth planet. On this program, Dr. Ken Croswell explained the rationale behind the ten planets.
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Topics: science, astronomy, tenth planet
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
May 15, 2006 Charles Lee and Frank Ling
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Traveling near the speed of light may soon be possible thanks to recent theoretical advances. On this program, Dr. Franklin Felber discussed the physics of near light-speed travel.
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Topics: science, speed of light, physics
Source: Groks Science Radio Show Podcast
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